2nd Fiddle - Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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Reviews by BTVflatlander:
3.85/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Let me preface by saying that I was very excited to get a chance to try this at the brewery. I am very much a fan of Fiddlehead and think they are the premier under the radar brewery in Vermont right now. And, being a big fan of their last DIPA, Mastermind, I thought I'd love this as well.
A: Dark orange, clearly filtered.
S: Citrusy hops and malt, pleasant.
T: Good malt and hop balance. Pleasantly bitter. Rather well done.
M: Here's the problem. I'm not sure if I got a bad fill or what, but my growler filled same day was completely flat which, honestly, took away from the taste. It's undoubtedly a well done beer, but I can't seem to get past the fact that I spent $8 for two flat pints. I'd be open to trying it again, but I'd taste it first to ensure that it's carbonated.
O: Well done for sure with one fatal flaw: carbonation. If you get the chance to try it--a rarity for sure--I suggest you do. Just keep in mind this experience. Fiddlehead, despite this, is among my favorite breweries and I will continue to patronize them until they give me a reason not to. This is not that reason, just a speed bump.
Serving type: growler
11-20-2013 21:54:27 | More by BTVflatlander
More User Reviews:
4.75/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 16oz can (canned on date: 5/19/14) into an oversized balloon/tulip glass
A- Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange hue with about a 1 finger creamy, white head with very little retention. Much more attractive than its other locally canned entity. (4.75)
S- Wow...impressive considering the local competition. Sweet tropical fruit and citrus notes on the nose: mango, pineapple, orange, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit in addition to a subdued pine dankness. (4.75)
T- The malt backbone hits first and helps prepare the palate for the upcoming hop assault. The residual bitterness morphs from citrus rind to pine to an onion/garlic vibe. Well balanced for an unbalanced beer. The 8.2% ABV is very well hidden...actually, undetectable. (4.75)
M- This falls in the category of medium. Creamy carbonation is mild but does the job nicely. (4.75)
O- Definitely another winner for the style. Although comparisons to the local competition will be the norm, I find 2nd Fiddle's aroma and flavor profile to fall much closer to Stone's Enjoy By IPA, another world-class DIPA that people cannot seem to get enough of. That said, hopheads can rejoice with another year-round hop monster being produced in Northern Vermont that has (and will continue) to receive accolades from all that are able to acquire it. (4.75)
Serving type: can
07-12-2014 17:50:28 | More by threeviews
4.91/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This beer was poured from a 16 oz can. It was canned the day it was poured. It had a slightly hazy very light orange color. The aroma has a very citrusy nose with a little pine and invites you to take the first sip. The first sip is just a wonderful explosion of all the flavors a near perfect Double IPA, there is a grapefruit, lemon and a little hint of malt. The mouth feel is near perfect with none of resin type finish that some doubles have. All in all another great double IPA from the state of Vermont. Why can't any of the New Hampshire Brewers make a double like the ones I have to go to Vermont to get?
Serving type: can
07-12-2014 13:39:54 | More by smanson56
2nd Fiddle from Fiddlehead Brewing Company
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